Pope speaks with astronauts in orbit for first time
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Organized by the European Space Agency (ESA), the call originated from the at 7:11 am . German ESA astronaut , president of the Enrico Saggese, and General Giuseppe Bernardis of the were also in the room at the Vatican. Aboard the spacecraft were Italian, U.S., and Russian crew members of the Endeavour mission and .
Endeavour commander and U.S. astronaut Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, well as she recovers from an assassination attempt that took place in January. Doctors inserted a hard plastic implant, or a bone flap, into Giffords's skull last Wednesday. The Pope also asked of the astronauts' impressions of the planet from space.greeted His Holiness aboard the spacecraft. The Pope wished Kelly's wife,
"We fly over most of the world and we don't see borders, but at the same time we realize that people fight with each other and there is a lot of violence in this world," Kelly said. The Pope sent his condolences to Italian astronaut, whose mother died earlier this month while he was in space.
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